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  • Gordon Research Conference on the Origins of Life
    2018-01-13 to 2018-01-19, Galveston, Texas

    The study of the origin of life occurs at an intersection of chemistry, physics, biology, geology, astronomy, and other fields. Conversations between these fields yield new insight and correct biases that are often invisible to individuals operating within a single discipline. This forthcoming Gordon Research Conference will explore new work in the origins field from planetary sciences to biochemistry and paleontology, covering the first billion years of the earth`s history. The sessions will provide a state-of-the-art update of the field, while also providing room for discussion and debate on some of the larger outstanding questions in our understanding of the origin of life. Sessions will attempt to provide the basic constraints on the starting material for the origin of life, and how the first biological material arose: the transition point from prebiotic chemistry to biochemistry. It will also cover habitable worlds and the search for life elsewhere, the innovation that comes from origins research, environments amenable to polymer formation, and the role of minerals in prebiotic chemistry.
    The GRC will integrate with the preceding GRS (Gordon Research Seminar) both by asking the latter to report on exciting research forthcoming from new researchers, and by promoting active discussion to the conference. Funding is being sought to allow partial travel and registration support for both the GRC and the GRS for graduate students and postdoctoral scientists who participate as presenters in the Gordon Research Seminar.

  • Astrobiology Introductory Course`18
    2018-03-04 to 2018-03-10, Ornithological Reserve of le Teich (33, France)

    The third edition of the Astrobiology Introductory Course will be held from 4 to 10 March 2018 in the Ornithological Reserve of le Teich (33, France).

    This school is addressed to:
    • Any student preparing his PhD thesis in Astronomy, Geology, Chemistry, Biology or History/Philosophy of sciences in France or any other country.
    • Any students wishing to acquire an interdisciplinary training in astrobiology to complete their initial training and to be able to address issues at the origins of life on Earth, its evolution and its distribution in the Universe.

    The program of RED`18/Astrobiology Introductory Course is complementary to the one of RED`17 school, however it is not necessary to have followed it to participate in this new school.

    We have 12 grants of 400€ each to cover stay expenses (but not transportation) for COST ORIGINS members. If you are interested to apply (PhD, post-docs but also researchers willing to develop an astrobiology course in your country) please send a motivation letter together with your registration form to Muriel Gargaud ( and Herve Cottin ( Priority will be given to people from Inclusiveness Target Countries (

  • 664 Wilhelm und Else Heraeus-Seminar on: Prebiotic Molecules in Space and Origins of Life on Earth
    2018-03-19 to 2018-03-23, Bad Honnef, Germany

    How life originates is one of the outstanding questions of humankind. Different scientific communities, from astrophysicists to planetary scientists, from geochemists to biophysicists, all share the common aim of understanding how life on Earth originated and if life exists elsewhere in the Universe. Despite these common goals, it has been difficult to join forces and focus on the ‘big picture’, as different background and terminology often hinder fruitful interdisciplinary collaborations. In this conference, we plan to bring together astrochemists working on the production of prebiotic molecules in space and their delivery to planet forming regions, Solar System scientists working on the chemical composition of the most pristine material such as comets and primitive meteorites, the exoplanetary atmosphere community, geochemists working on the primitive Earth and its conditions to host life, biophysicists working on the very first steps that assembled prebiotic molecules into the macromolecules used by terrestrial life. We believe that fostering communication and interaction among the various groups is a pre-requisite to succeed in our quest on the origins of life.

  • "Environments of Terrestrial Planets Under the Young Sun: Seeds of Biomolecules" Symposium
    2018-04-09 to 2018-04-13, NASA/GSFC, Greenbelt, MD

    "Environments of Terrestrial Planets Under the Young Sun: Seeds of Biomolecules" Symposium will be held on April 9-13, 2018, hosted by the Sellers Exoplanet Environments Collaboration at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, USA. This symposium is a major international interdisciplinary conference in the emerging area of astrobiology covering astrophysical, physico-chemical, atmospheric and geological aspects of environments of early terrestrial planets with a focus on the impacts of the young Sun`s space weather on the precursors of life.

    General Topics
    • Evolution of Space Weather from the Sun
    • Magnetic Protection of Early Terrestrial Planets: Escape Processes
    • Atmospheric Pressure of Early Earth, Mars and Venus: Space Weather Impact
    • Faint Young Sun paradox and current atmospheric models
    • Impact of ionizing radiation on atmospheric chemistry and surface of the early Earth, Mars and Venus
    • Ionizing radiation dosage on surfaces of early terrestrial planets: survival of biopolymers
    • Early Earth`s oceans under the young Sun
    • Pathways and traces of prebiotic chemistry on terrestrial planets and exoplanets
    • Pathways to complexity: from simple molecules to RNA
    • Synthesis of organic compounds of biochemical importance in reducing and neutral atmospheres
    • The interplay of the different subsystems on early Earth and Mars for the origin of life
    • Evolution of earliest stages of life and its traces left in the geological record of Earth and Mars
    • Global and local environments around great oxidation event and traces on Earth
    • Origin of biogenic conditions on exoplanets

  • SoCIA 2018: Social and Conceptual Issues in Astrobiology
    2018-04-13 to 2018-04-15, University of Nevada, Reno

    Announcing the second meeting of a new academic group devoted to the exploration of broad questions surrounding the search for life beyond Earth and the future of life in space. Our emphasis is on issues relevant to the underlying science, but that can’t be fully addressed by science alone. These range from social and ethical questions such as “What are our ethical obligations to alien life?” and “How can we leverage the popularity of astrobiology to improve science education?” to theoretical questions within science such as “What exactly is ‘life’ anyway?” and “What can be predicted about how extraterrestrial life might evolve and develop?” Our ultimate goals are to further research in these areas and provide a ready pool of experts to help organizations pursuing projects in space better think through the implications of their work. For more information, see the website from last year’s inaugural meeting: Submit abstracts (300 word max) by August 15th to Kelly Smith: kcs(at)

  • VAAM Jahrestagung 2018
    2018-04-15 to 2018-04-18, Wolfsburg, Germany

  • Astrobiology Australasia Meeting 2018
    2018-06-25 to 2018-06-29, Rotorua, New Zealand

  • EANA 2018
    2018-09-24 to 2018-09-28, Berlin, Germany
    Abstract submission deadline: 2018-07-01
    Early bird registration deadline: 2018-07-15
    Late registration deadline: 2018-09-17